Labor Work while pregnant

Bethany - posted on 07/13/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




Hey Ladies!

I was just wondering how many of you work labor jobs and are or were pregnant while working?
I work in an assembly type line working with wood siding. Its very physical and now that summer is officially here, very hot. I'm also 5 months pregnant.
I need some tips or any advice to cope with the heat or ANYTHING really. I'm starting to grow so my back bothers me while standing for 9 hour days.
I've also started to get Braxton Hicks?? I have a 6 year old daughter and never had them with her.. I just don't want to be causing stress on my baby or myself.. I also don't know much about these Braxton Hicks contractions and to be honest, don't know if its because of my job that they even started in the first place?? Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!! This growing mama is exhausted :s


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Amy - posted on 07/14/2012




I agree that it seems early for Braxton Hicks to be starting, I would definitely bring up your concern with your doctor. Also make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids while at work since you say it's very hot. I don't work in a labor job but I was a retail store manager through both my pregnancies. I was on my feet 9+ hours a day, walking around, climbing up and down ladders, lifting boxes up to 50 lbs., and moving fixtures. My sciatic nerve occasionally bothered me after long shifts but that's it. I would have really bad braxton hicks contractions when my bladder was full.

I never talked to my doctor about my job being physically demanding because she always told me if I did it before I was pregnant than I could continue doing while I was pregnant. I have to say that I had the easiest deliveries and I attribute that to be so active during my pregnancy. Good luck!

Katherine - posted on 07/13/2012




You need to stop your job. It's too hard on your body if you're having Braxton Hicks already. I would ask for a LOA from your doctor, asap. It doesn't sound like your body is handling all of that very well.

Or maybe even ask to get transferred to a different position temporarily. Just my opinion.

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